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A Noir Mystery Opens at Kumu Kahua Theatre

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Stephanie Keiko Kong and Jonathan Clarke Sypert in

the underneath
by Susan Soon He Stanton
Photo courtesy of Orrin Nakanelua
 

Attention:  Due to the nature of this play and consideration for all of our patrons enjoyment and safety, we will not allow late seating for this production.  

Please arrive at the theatre no less than 15 minutes prior to curtain time.


Time to Get Your Tickets!

In Chicago they say "vote early and vote often!"  Ah yes... just a little polling day humor for you.  But seriously, our last show (Shoyu on Rice) and its extension sold out entirely.  We know there were people who wanted to see it - or wanted to see it again - and didn't get the chance.  Don't let that happen with the underneath.  Purchase your tickets early, so there will be time, in case you want to see it again!  

 

And we do sell partial season subscriptions.  You can see the remaining four shows for only $60!


 

Interview

A Cage of Fireflies playwright Daniel Akiyama interviewed the underneath playwright, Susan Soon He Stanton.  

 

DA: Tell me about the Kennedy Center workshop for the underneath.Did it change much in the process? And how did the Yale Cabaret fit into the process of developing the underneath?

SS: the underneath was a commission by Kumu, and so I wrote it with Kumu’s intimate space in mind, for a local audience. I began writing the underneath at Yale. We did a 45-minute version of the play at the Yale Cabaret, and it was more light-hearted and over-the-top. It was a lot of fun. But, after the fact, I felt like there were still essential themes I didn’t address, in terms of why I wanted to tell the story of an older brother returning home to search for his younger brother.

At the Kennedy Center, I added the Auntie Evie character (played by Kati Kuroda in the Kumu production). I also explored the idea of flashbacks and the role of memory in the play. The Kennedy Center was an amazing and very intimidating place to workshop a play. I had a badge, and I was walking around the red carpeting and gigantic pillars, thinking “whoa.” I also workshopped the play at Rising Circle’s INKtank, with a group of wonderful writers and with Kumu. I think some plays come quickly, and this is one that had to marinate for awhile, and I did that with the help of some of finest collaborators I know.

read the rest of the interview

 


Auditions

Auditions will be held for My Name is Gary Cooper, by Victor Rodger onNovember 22 and 23.  There will be an audition workshop on November 16, and scripts are available to download for audition purposes here.

This is a rare opporutnity to work with the visiting team of Victor Rodger, director David O'Donnell and designer James Davenport - all of whom will be visiting us from New Zealand.

 


Opening This Thursday

the underneath

by Susan Soon He Stanton

 

A Local Noir Mystery

The 44th season at Kumu Kahua Theatre continues with a world premiere of a new Susan Soon He Stanton play.  

Susan Soon He Stanton began writing plays at age fifteen in The Honolulu Theatre for Youth's Young Playwriting Program. Her full-length play, Whatever Happened to John Boy Kihano? was the winner of the 2006 Kumu Kahua Theatre/University of Hawaii at Mānoa Theatre Department playwriting contest in 2006. From the Sloan Foundation she received a best screenplay award and a feature film development grant. She has a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and received an MFA in Playwriting at Yale School of Drama in 2010 where she was mentored by John Guare and Paula Vogel. Her plays have been performed at Kumu Kahua Theatre, Yale University’s New Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Yale Cabaret, The Flea Theater in New York City, and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.

Jonathan Clarke Sypert and Brandon Anthony DiPaola in
the underneath
Photo courtesy of Orrin Nakanelua

Runs November 6 - Decenber 7, 2014 - Tickets On Sale Now

Join us after the show on Friday, November 14th for a talk-story with Director Taurie Kinoshita


Play Readings

Our summer playwriting class culminated in several scripts that are ready to be read for an audience.  We will present a series of these readings on the following dates, here at Kumu Kahua Theatre, beginning at 5PM each evening:

November 16 - Song Tra Bong by Gerry Madison

November 23 - Living Room by Wil Kāhele

Decenber 14 - Everything Must Go by Leilani Madison

April 19 - Scenes from various students' wor

These readings are free to attend.  Please join us to witness this exciting step in the script development process!

 


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Since you love us enough to have read this far down the newsletter, perhaps you'd like to get involved a little further in Kumu Kahua Theatre.  Well, it just so happens that we have some openings!

  • Committee Members (marketing, resource development, events, etc.)
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